Ecuador utility seeks study of 27.8-MW Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas

Ecuador utility Empresa Generadora del Austro S.A. (ElecAustro) seeks bids for a feasibility study and definitive design of the 27.8-MW Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas hydroelectric project on Ecuador’s Yanuncay River. Pre-registration is due September 22, followed by bids October 31.

ElecAustro seeks bids for a feasibility study that includes technical, environmental, economic, and social evaluations of the project proposed for Azuay Province. If the project is found feasible, the contractor would proceed with design of project works, including engineering specifications for civil work, electro-mechanical equipment, and communications and control systems.

Earlier this year, Ecuador’s energy and hydrocarbon investment fund, Fondo Ecuatoriano de Inversion en los Sectores Energetico e Hidrocarburifero (FEISEH), agreed to provide US$3.5 million in financing for Soldados-Yanuncay-Minas. (HNN 4/3/08) FEISEH funds come from sale of oil from fields the government confiscated from Occidental Petroleum in 2006.

Bid documents may be obtained from the utility Internet site, www.elecaustro.com.ec, or by e-mail request to ElecAustro at rleonp@elecaustro.com.ec.

Prospective bidders must register to bid at the address below by 4 p.m. September 22. Bids, in Spanish, are due by 4 p.m. October 31 to the address below.

For information, contact Gerente General, ElecAustro, Secretaria General, Edificio Paseo del Puente, 3 Piso, Avda. 12 de Abril y Jose Peralta, Cuenca, Ecuador; E-mail: rleonp@elecaustro.com.ec; Internet: www.elecaustro.com.ec.

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